Yoga has been popular and much in-demand all over the world since some time. Science has also proved it is effective for aches and relaxation. Yoga’s asanas or the poses are mostly simple and does not involve too much stress or difficulty. But at the same time, the breathing techniques in the poses also matter. That is, there is a certain technique and ways to do to yoga and if you do not fulfil it, then it will not bring much result. Of all the poses, the child’s pose or balasana (bala means child) is considered to be not only challenging but very effective in relaxing body and mind. But sometimes, the pose really doesn’t help and that could be due to several reasons. Yet, there are some variations or deviations from the original pose that you can try to enhance body and mind relaxation so that you feel rested and serene.
The variation that will help your neck and shoulder
Sometimes, when people do balasana, they complain of discomfort around the neck and shoulder. This happens when the manner of asana is not right or you have overdone it. For example, if you lift your hips too high, then there can be too much stress on the upper torso and this can lead to tension in the upper body including neck and shoulder. You can try keeping a blanket, all rolled up, between your hip region and the heels. Then slowly bend the elbows. Now place your forehead on your stacked forearms.
Another method that you can try is using the blanket as well as a bolster such as a pillow. As you are in the balasana pose which is kneeling and sitting on your heels, place either a pillow either just that or along with a blanket placed on it under your upper body such that your torso rests on it and you place your head on it as well. The forearms will be placed on either sides of the support. You can even hug the support if you feel that position comfortable. Relax your body and breathe comfortably. Rest in the position for a minute.
The abundance variation of balasana
Let the thighs be wide in such a way that your big toes touch it. Take two blocks and make a pile in front such that you can comfortably rest your forehead on the pile. Keep your forearms in a relaxed position on the ground adjacent to the blocks. For additional comfort, you can place a rolled blanket between your heels and hips.
The variation for you back comfort
There are those who may not be comfortable bending their neck or facing down. There are those who have migraine issues and are not able to bend down. That does not mean you will not be able to do the child’s pose. You can try a slightly different variation of the pose which is a sort of a reverse pose of balasana. If in the original pose, you bend down, then this is coming on your back. You should lie down and bring your knees towards your chest and then hug them tigelty. The hands must either fall on behind the thighs or on the shins. Your knees should be wide and you should try to bring the knees near your armpits. They may not touch but that is not necessary.
The advantage of doing the reverse pose is that while you get the same stretching benefits and the resting sense, you do not feel any strain or tension on the body. There is also more movement and you can even try rocking your body on sideways just to add a little mobility.
These are three variations that anyone can try. Some may feel rested while some may not feel that much. Yet, trying these variations can be of great help to deviate from the original child’s pose so that you get more relaxation which in some cases may not be that easy with the asana. All these variations are created in such a manner that they are beneficial to your body and mind and they are for those who are not good at doing the original pose. Yet, these poses though they deviate, but essentially, they only add to the benefits of the original balasana.